Provincial News 19th December 2016 (Click on the headline to open the article)

Read the PGM Writes to keep up to speed with what is occurring in our Province.

MBF Walk on 6th May 2017, have you or your Lodge supported the Province of London.

The 500 Club Charities supporting local London initiatives.

A New Council of Royal and Select Masters for Metropolitan Craft, Chapter and members of the Mark Degree

Any you interested in a Fast Track to the WM's Chair, join a Special Opportunity Lodge.

At Christmas will you be listening to the Hope for Tomorrow CD, makes a great stocking filler.

Roll Of Honour, where is your Lodge on it and whats the likelyhood of it getting a visit from Charlie the Axeman?

Special Opportunity Lodges

There are a small number of Lodges within the Mark Province of London which may be able to provide a relatively rapid progression to the Office of Worshipful Master, for Brethren who demonstrate application and commitment to the Mark Ceremony and Ritual.

These Lodges have been designated “Special Opportunity Lodges”.

Such Lodges may be of particular interest to Brethren Advanced in to Lodges where progression to the Office of Worshipful Master may take an especially long time or may, because of membership numbers, simply not be possible at all.

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MBF Walk – Saturday 6 May 2017

The Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF) is very proud to have raised and donated over £19m to worthy causes since its inception over 150 years ago. The Fund today continues to support worthwhile charitable aims and its current focus is to support the Hope for Tomorrow cancer charity in raising £2.6m for the purchase of ten mobile chemotherapy units.

Following the success of the Mark Province of London 2014 Bridges Walk (which alone raised £30k), an all Provinces’ Walk is now taking place on Saturday 6 May. It will start at Mark Masons’ Hall and then follow the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk (around 8 miles), returning to where it started.

Burns Night January 20 - 22nd January 2017. A Great way to celebrate with old and new friends alike. Now near capacity - just a few places remaining....

One of the highlights of the Provincial calendar is always the Burns Night Weekend, which takes place in the magnificent Highcliff Marriott Hotel in Bournemouth. The hotel is set on a dramatic cliff top seafront location, and features an indoor pool, sauna and fitness studio. It’s 5 minutes from the town centre.

This is one of the most prestigious Social Events that we celebrate. It's an exceptionally good way to have a weekend of fun and entertainment whilst meeting old and new friends alike.

New Cryptic unit for Metropolitan Craft and Chapter Members

Hot off the Press - Initial Communication and early advice of a brand new Cryptic unit for Metropolitan Craft and Chapter Members.

This new Council will be styled “Metropolitan Royal and Select Council” and will meet twice a year and dine at Mark Masons Hall.

Are you a Metropolitan Mason, a member of the Mark and are already a lover of our beautiful Cryptic Degrees?

If you would like to become a Founder of this exciting new Council then you can register your interest by contacting the District Grand Master, R. Ill. Companion Vincent Driver on vjdriver@btclick.com

Provincial Delegations January 2017 to July 2017

Dear Provincial Grand Officer

Please find below the link to Provincial Delegations for the period January 2017 – July 2017.

http://www.markprovinceoflondon.com/downloadable/delegation-list-january-july-2017#overlay-context=article/provincial-delegations-january-2017-july-2017

The Province of London operates a system of Official Visits to nearly all of its Mark Lodges once every year – headed by a member of the Executive known as the “Official Visitor”. Each Official Visitor to a Lodge is supported by a Delegation of Provincial Officers drawn from Lodges in the Province other than the host Lodge. Attendance in a Delegation is open to all Officers of the Province irrespective of their year of appointment. You are therefore cordially invited to apply for a place on any of the visits detailed on the schedule of Official Visits which can be found on the Provincial website using the button below.

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Hope for Tomorrow CD Now on Sale

The Hope for Tomorrow CD was released (escaped!) on 14th July and enjoyed a very good reception. From the responses we have received, it seems to be going down well and contains a little bit of something for everyone.
There will be ample opportunity during the coming months to purchase one of these, as Chris & some fine, upstanding volunteers will be visiting Lodges on Delegations and will have them for sale on the night.

For only £10 you will receive a CD put together by members of this wonderful degree (including our new DPGM!!) and also be able to listen to a very talented young lady who is just making her start into the music business - all for your listening pleasure.

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The New 500 Club has given £1,600.00 to the winners and £1,600.00 to local London Charities.

The PGM and his Provincial Charity Stewards made a great start in revitalising the 500 Club Draw at this year’s Provincial Grand Lodge banquet but we would like very much to improve on that during the coming year in. As you may be aware the 500 Club has been giving away great cash prizes- up to £1000, since 1999 while at the same time generating cash to support a number of local charities on a 50/50 basis.

Participation is open to all individuals and Lodges or even both for only £12 per year per number.

If you would like to hear more about this interesting and exciting Charity please drop Kurly Howells an email on kurly@kurly.co.uk. He will visit your Lodge and give an interesting and entertaining talk.

Roll of Honour. MBF in support of the Mobile Chemotherapy Unit Appeal

The minibus appeal has supplied 6 mini buses for RMBI Homes and no more are needed.

As so many Lodges have indicated that they would like the appeal to continue to give them the chance of reaching the Platinum level and receiving an Axe, it has been decided to let the Appeal continue and all monies donated will go to the MBF in support of the Mobile Chemotherapy Unit Appeal.

Check out the attached Roll of Honour and see if your name is there.

Check out the Lodge Roll of Honour and see the Lodges that have attained awards.

The Bronze award is £25.00 per member, Silver award £50.00, Gold award £75.00, Platinum award £100.00 per member.

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